We took a holiday from our holiday.
We went 150km south by train from Cherbourg to Argentan, then rode to Bagnoles de l'Orne. Next day we visited a friend of a friend and stopped the second night in Briouze. Third day back to Argentan and trained back to Cherbourg.
We rode about 200km round Bagnoles - the area is called Swiss Normandy and is hilly and forested and pretty flowers decorate wooden houses, very much like Switzerland (although I couldn't spend my 1 Swiss Franc that I have left over from Leysin).
Riding back out of Cherbourg I espied a shop making umbrellas - could this be the inspiration for the 1964 art house French film Les Parapluis de Cherbourg?